Just two weeks ago when the weather was beautiful and summer-like, I made a trip to Kinokuniya near Bryant Park, and Sephora. I had been breaking out lately and the face wash I had been using just wasn't cutting it anymore. I had been using the Body Shop's green tea line, including the face wash, blackhead scrub and matte moisturizer. However, like many companies these days, the Body Shop changed its formula, making it overly harsh and drying. Here's a review of some of the new items I bought.
First thing is Shiseido Pureness deep cleansing foam. I've got combination sensitive skin; meaning and oily T-zone and can't take too harsh chemicals. Shiseido Pureness has a smell that's a bit hard to describe and can be a bit overbearing for some, but it's nothing too bad. A little goes a long way with this stuff so you would only need a tiny pea size amount to wash your whole face. Pureness leaves the skin with a literally squeaky clean feeling. It's refreshing and doesn't completely dry out my skin. You can get a 3.6 oz tube for $21 at Sephora, making it more expensive than many other face washes but worth every cent.
Next was a new moisturizer; Weleda Skinfood. I picked this up the next day at Whole Foods. This is also available in Target and some other retail stores. All I have to say about this stuff is, AMAZING. I have never used a moisturizer so effective. Like the Pureness wash, a little goes a long way with this stuff. It has a nice citrus smell and really hydrates the skin. Skinfood isn't made specifically for the face, as you can see from the package, but I heard some good things about it so I decided to try it out. It has a really thick, paste-like texture and feels a bit sticky, so make sure not to use too much.
With this new skin routine my entire complexion has improved dramatically. No more huge embarrassing pimples, and my skin is healthier and younger looking. If you don't want to spend the money on the Shiseido Pureness, at least get Skinfood. I got a 2.5 oz tube at Whole Foods on sale for $11.99.
Wish I could upload a picture of my skin now but I don't have a picture to compare it to before. Anyway, if I do get acne now, it's really tiny and goes away within a day. :) Hope this can help anyone who is suffering from acne problems. Feel free to ask any questions.